The Sustainable Development Goals are 17 goals adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as an urgent call for action to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. At TIS, we are taking part in this global movement to help create a better tomorrow.
Why is TIS involved?
We are giving our students a thorough understanding of the issues they will face and the actions that they can take in order to rise to the challenges of our changing world. Furthermore, we want our students to have a head start so they can become leaders locally and globally in order to make positive changes, starting now! In short, we are preparing and teaching them the skills to solve problems and to excel in this new world.
What have we accomplished so far?
During the 2020-2021 academic year, we set out to tackle SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities) and SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production). Our goal was to instill the concept of SDGs amongst TIS students. We integrate the goals into our everyday lessons and co-curricular activities. For example, Grade 10 students learned about different kinds of inequalities in their English classes and raised awareness by designing displays in the North Wing lobby. Kindergarten and elementary students learned about responsible consumption through our vermicompost program with our Activists in Residence. Student council and leadership students lead events for Earth Day and Mental Health Awareness months. The High School Eco-team students grew vegetables and donated them to local food drives. Our STEAM committee put on a rocket challenge to empower students in the sciences and our wellness committee organized a fruits and veggies challenge. This year, we have raised money for gender equality, mental health, biodiversity, and the TIS Green program. We are looking forward to engaging in future activities to further promote the Sustainable Development Goals.
Given the success of last year’s mission, we are committed to following a similar path during the 2021-2022 academic year. However, our goals are expanding. This coming year we aim to take action. Educating the change-makers of tomorrow, and exposing them to the sustainable way of life.
To kick start the year, we have planned three projects. Each tackling specific SDGs with the aim to educate, inspire, and take action.
Activist in Residence
The Activist in Residence (AIR) Program is a school-wide program that aims to bring to life our mission “to develop socially responsible, lifelong learners able to problem solve, think critically, and make positive changes in our global community” by giving students access to experts from the field.
TIS Coral Reef Restoration
This year we aim to fund raise 150,000 MOP to restore degraded coral reefs in Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia. With the help of this year’s Activist in Residence, Andrew Taylor, we will be able to take action and make a difference.
The TIS rooftop garden provides students with the necessary tools and space to learn about plant life, healthy living, sustainability, and more.